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Author Vásquez, Manuel A.

Title The Brazilian popular church and the crisis of modernity / Manuel A. Vásquez.

Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998.

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Description 1 online resource (xv, 302 pages).
Series Cambridge studies in ideology and religion ; 11
Cambridge studies in ideology and religion ; 11.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 284-300) and index.
Summary This study explores one of the most dramatic current interactions between religion and politics: the development of progressive Catholicism in Latin America. In particular, it examines economic, social and religious obstacles to progressive theology in Brazil. This 'popular' church built a utopian vision of social emancipation, drawing on Catholic social thought, humanistic Marxism and existentialism. It was a major democratising force as Brazil emerged from dictatorship in the late 1970s. In the 1980s, however, the popular appeal of progressive Catholicism came under threat. Focussing on a Catholic community near Rio de Janeiro, Manuel A. Vs̀quez's incisive study shows how economic and political changes have affected religious practices, and argues that the plight of progressive Catholicism in Brazil forms part of a wider crisis of modernity and of humanist discourses.
Contents Part I. Background to the crisis -- The popular Church's Utopian project : ideological and theological bases -- The consolidation of the Igreja Popular and its impact on Brazilian society -- Part II. The nature of the crisis -- The internal dimension : a crisis of participation -- The external dimension: the growth of popular Pentecostalism -- Part III. Explaining the crisis -- Intra-Institutional Explanations -- The crisis in local perspective : a Brazilian base community -- Brazilian capitalism since the 1980s : redefining the limits of the possible -- Part IV. Reinterpreting the crisis -- The popular church and the crisis of modernity -- Rethinking the Popular Church's project : lessons for this-worldly religious utopias -- Conclusion.
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Subject Catholic Church -- Brazil -- History -- 20th century.
Catholic Church.
Catholic Church.
Brazil -- Church history -- 20th century.
Liberation theology -- History.
Chronological Term 1900 - 1999
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Church history.
Other Form: Print version: Vásquez, Manuel A. Brazilian popular church and the crisis of modernity. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998 0521585082 (DLC) 97006078 (OCoLC)36470156
ISBN 0511005059 (electronic bk.)
9780511005053 (electronic bk.)